The city police have booked a 48-year-old British national on the charge of violating the Foreigner�s Registration Act. They identified the suspect as Angela Maria Powers, holder of British Passport 106326102.
The Kovalam police have registered a case (Kovalam police station crime: 40/2010) against her under the relevant provisions of the law. The police are also inquiring whether she has violated visa conditions.
The preliminary charge of the police is that Ms. Powers, who entered the country on a tourist visa (AJ 371762), operated a home stay facility for other foreign tourists.
They said she, along with another Indian national, had registered a company in 2008. The firm purchased a house near Samudra beach and hosted foreign tourists there.
The Kovalam police have filed a report to the City Police Commissioner stating that managers of the home stay did not submit the details of foreigners staying in the facility in prescribed form (C Form) and in time-bound manner at the local station house.
The police were yet to arrest the British national.